Sherborn, MA, United States | Member Since 2012
Half Life is science fiction, it is a sub-type called ‘hard science fiction.’ This type of science fiction has many facts and plot points rooted in real physics. This has the effect of the story sounding very technical at many points and Half-Life is no exception. There is a grunch of chemistry in this novel. The general thrust of this novel is: humans are dying and a small group of researcher are investigating the possibility of life on one of the moons of Saturn, Titan, in the hopes of discovering some helpful knowledge for people back on Earth.
The plot unwinds very, very slowly. It is only within the last hour of an 8 ½ read when the tension starts to build. Even the occasional death leaves you unmoved. The plot and its resolution is weak with listless characters that are near impossible to connect with. A story’s ending resolution should be able to judged positive or negative from the main characters viewpoint – this ending was mixed. There was no main character and no obstacle character in this work per se. If you think hard, you can scratch a couple of messages the author is trying to convey, but he misses the mark in my opinion.
The narration by Nick Sullivan also fell way short of my expectations. There was not a great deal of inflection or emotion infused into the reading. Even his voice choice he chose for the computer, Status, sounded more like one of those bad computer text-to-speech synthesizers. There was not a great deal of differentiation between the male and female voices. His narration just didn’t get the job done.
This novel will definitely not appeal to today’s Star War, Avenger, Spider Man, Underworld crowd. It is more esoteric and is an acquired taste of the super hard-science crowd. I no doubt think that if you are on the look-out for a fact heavy chemistry sci fi who-done-it, then Half Life will be for you. For me, it didn’t turn my crank.
I really like the way Packer has attempted to make his points about how America has unwound. He has chosen to pick out of number of personalities and historical figures that we know and other folks we don't and wind them around each other in a cohesive contemporary history tale.
If you like history, you will like this book. However, if you are a memoir fan you will not because he skims the surface of people and there are personalities you may not like or agree with. Also, if you are fiction reader lover an only tolerate history you should pass.
I think that Robert Fass did a nice job narrating, his voice is pleasant enough. I think this book could have benefited from editing; maybe as much as 1/3 could be lopped off. With all that said, I do recommend this book to the history buff and for both liberals and conservatives.
This novel's plot was not what I was expecting -- but tuned out to be more than I could have hoped for. It is a fresh story, with a steady plot-line that you won't guess. There is something in this story for everyone. Rowell manages to tell this teen story without resorting to over dramatic devices. There is plenty of tension and conflict and the story raises as many why's as it offers answers. This book appeals to folks of all ages. It helps you remember first love, so it does appeal to the romantics in all of us.
The story is told both form Eleanor's and Parks perspectives in alternating points of view which enhances the story. Often, this device can be distracting; but not in this novel. There are many nerves that get jangled as the story unfolds. I highly recommend you read this wonderful story.
I had been told that this book was wonderful. I have to admit that after the first 1.5 hours of listening I was bored out of my skull. If I hadn't committed to read it for the book circle I'm in, I would have stopped. Then like a sudden gust, they story took shape and I was hooked. This is a story about guilt and coming of age in a country of turmoil. It is about friendship,jealously, fear, betrayal, redemption and anguish. But is also a story of hope and determination.
The story is read by the author and though his pace his slow, I think he makes the book come alive. There are plenty of allusions that after you complete the novel that you will ponder. If you are a romance, sci-fi or thriller lover you will find this book tiring. Yet, if you like thrillers and near-to-true-life stories, it is a must. I give it a solid thumbs up.
Jamie Vegas is the main character in Armstrong's book 7. She has played prominent supporting roles in a couple of the previous books and it was good to finally see a story revolve around her. In this tale, she is in Hollywood to tape a reality TV show and she discovers evil and of course Jeremy (Alpha Werewolf) shows up to help de-tangle things as both sidekick and love interest. This is a major thriller and a littler romance.
Merlington continues to improve as the narrator of the series. I think she has finally hit her stride.
This series is interesting as the various factions of supernaturals are revealed and interact. This general genre is in vogue and this series is a good read in that vain. I give it a thumbs up -- keep going on to the next book.
There is nothing better than a novel that keeps the romantic tension throughout. In this love triangle, you can not help but have empathy for everyone involved. At points, you'll be screaming, "no," then later "text him/her," "don't." I liked very much the main character, she was funny as well as kept you involved as she changes and considered.
This was my first novel by Desrochers, and as an incurable romantic -- I give it a thumbs up.
This novel is about the journey of a boy who loses his mother and progresses though a series of tribulations. The novel opens slowly as you bond to the boys mother and then she is killed off (not a spoiler). It has its slow parts and is rapid dramas. The listen is about 30 hours so you have to dedicated.
This is not a mystery or sci fi, rather it is clever coming of age story disguised as flashback fiction. This book will likely not appeal to those who love biographies or memoirs. It is not a who-done-it or thriller. Now that I told you what it isn't, it is a well written novel with poignant moments and good characterizations. Give it a read.
Vampires being all the rage, I like this series because it has a mixture of werewolves, ghosts, witches and other beasties -- a sprinkling of vampires. Don't be fooled by the title of the series, there are plenty of men woven into the story. This story in particular is about Eve, the mother of Savannah from a previous novel. In this novel, she is sent out after a Nix as a sort of supernatural bounty hunter and you follow her jaunts as she tracks this nasty creature down. Eve is a mixture of good and evil herself and so the theme is" if you want to catch a criminal, send a criminal" -- but can Eve be reformed from bad witch to -- what?
In order to appreciate this novel, you really should read at least book 2 and book 4; you could skip book 1 and 3 as they are other storylines. I do think reading the whole series is very worthwhile. Also, don't expect sex to be the focal point of these works, they are slight romance and mostly fantasy. If you enjoy the fantasy genre, you'll like this series.
Laural Merlington does a great job in narration. Overall, I continue to find these works light and engaging without be macabre. I recommend you give it a read -- great airplane trip time killer.
All that Corsi manages to do is to throw more doubt on historical accounts. He offers little interesting data. He discredits early historians with already known facts that are easily to find on the Internet. The only redeeming quality of the work is that he brings these (possible) fact-conjectoids together in his book. He offer conjectures supporting his hypothesis in which the definition of the word fact must be used loosely. I'd suggest you pass.
This book hit very close to home and was very unexpected. I cant't go into detail without spoiling and I won't do that that. But, both the place and subject matter resonate. Don't read this book without a tissue handy. The formula has been done before; but the way in which the novel unfolds is rather unique and there are numerous surprises and very nice moments. It leaves your wondering and feeling. Give it a listen.
Okay, you read it 10 times and each time it seems just as cliché as the one before, you know guy hires girl, they fall in love, endure problems with families, blowup at the end and eventually overcome and live happily ever after. You know this on page two! Does that stop you from reading? No. You just listen because want it to be true.
This book is good, with the appropriate drama and romance. You want the smug people to be put in place and you get your wish. Give it a read.
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